Silos444pxThe Labour Party are as guilty as both the Conservative and Libdem parties when it comes the privatisation of healthcare in the UK.

Privatisation of healthcare, without doubt began with Margaret Thatcher’s creation of the “internal market” in the mid 1980’s, using recommendations made by Sir Ernest Griffiths, in his earlier report “NHS Management Enquiry”, 1983. The report implied that healthcare should be run in line with the practices incorporated within supermarkets; Griffiths’ background was director and deputy chairman of Sainsbury.

Within the microcosm of healthcare provision [hospitals], the effect of the internal market was to create silos: separate within the whole. Unfortunately, because systems within the existing NHS ethos were not not geared up to facilitate Thatcher’s ideology; moreover, non-NHS managers could not comprehend why their management systems could not, on the whole, work within healthcare, the NHS continued to flounder like a supertanker embedded on a sandbank.

The silo effect of healthcare provision has continued through successive Governments, Labour and Conservative alike. Therefore it is unreasonable for Labour to continue to argue against the privatisation of healthcare when they themselves have done nothing to prevent progression of the privatisation of health care.

Cameron, Clegg and Milliband, all in it together.

 

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